|During the recent sensational blizzard that buried the east coast casino capital in snow, a woman in one casino at the craps table was playing double the minimum $15 bet while her husband was gone. When someone mentioned the snow storm and the need to escape, “What snow?” she said. “It snowed yesterday. Has it snowed yet today?” Her attitude was typical. |
Thousands of travellers found themselves stranded in Atlantic City, booked all the hotel rooms in town, drank up just about all the free alcohol in all the casino bars, gambled and in general weren’t bothered about the weather. While some restaurants paid their staff overtime to stay open, the city’s inter-casino transport service had broken down by Monday, leaving gamblers marooned in the casinos that they were in.
According to The Press, the atmosphere was somewhat euphoric on the casino floor at Trump Marina, as if those who would normally feel guilty about gambling and living the good life in Atlantic City were absolved because the snow had left them no other choice.
Some gamblers reportedly won because of the extra time they were able to play. Deborah Williams, 36, of Queens NY was down by a few hundred dollars on Sunday morning, the time she had planned to leave Atlantic City, but kept gambling because of the blizzard, played slots and won the jackpot. Meanwhile, Internet gamblers came and went as they pleased, just as always, blizzard or no blizzard, at their own convenience.